With a new school year underway and new students of German, I would like to present my yearly post (though I forgot last year!) including the poem I was taught in German 1 to memorize the conjugation of "sein". I hope beginning students and advanced learners alike find it useful, and I wish everyone a successful year with language-learning!
Ich bin hier,
Du bist da,
Er ist in Amerika.
Wir sind groß,
Ihr seid klein,
Sie sind an dem schönen Rhein.
I am here,
You are there,
He is in America.
We are big,
You all are small,
They are on the beautiful Rhine.
I love this little poem and love to share it every year! Tschüss!
Yes, when you're near the river, then you are "an dem Fluss". But when there are boats, they are "auf dem Fluss".
Auf dem Rhein fahren viele große Schiffe und Ausflugsdampfer.
And when you are on such a boat or ship, you would say:
Ich fahre auf dem Rhein bis nach Köln.